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Toyota knows the Camry’s strengths and weaknesses; it knows competition is becoming more intense, and the extensively revised 2015 model is its answer. Officially, it’s being called a mid-cycle refresh, as only three years ago the Camry was overhauled inside, out, and under the hood. This time around the model line, including the hybrid we […]

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As 2014 winds down and with 2015 about to unfold, alternative-energy transportation had ups and downs this year, but the trend is generally upward and more progress is in sight. Looking at the most telling of markers – actual new car sales – hybrids fell back from 2013 levels while plug-ins climbed higher, and diesel […]

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Toyota realizes that most Prius-owners don’t purchase the vehicle because they are enamored with its design, and it is trying to change that. After nixing the original design of the nearly complete fourth generation Prius, Toyota has delayed production of the Prius’ newest iteration until the end of 2015 – a decision that gives the […]

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Critics of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have said they have no business case; at best their proponents are defying odds, and at worst they’re on a misbegotten errand – but that hasn’t stopped numerous automakers from getting deeply involved. While several automakers have first-generation plug-in cars and are looking toward new and evolved products, no […]

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You can’t coach patience – or tolerance for a bucket seat full of inane questions. And if you’re going to be a Tesla Model S “co-pilot” – the all-electric carmaker’s clever name for the salesperson escorting interested prospects on a 20-30 minute test drive – you need a great deal of both. That’s one of […]

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Early last month Craig Scott, Toyota’s national manager of advanced technologies was largely pilloried by battery electric vehicle advocates for saying “no one” was asking Toyota to build EVs, but this, he says, was absolutely not what he meant. The ire and backlash on green car websites and chat rooms came at a time when […]

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Formerly standoffish about electrification, Audi has reconfirmed it’s at work on an all-electric vehicle it aims to roll out in 2017 to go head-to-head with Tesla. This is not to be confused with a battery powered conversion of the R8 sports car also due next year, and Audi is considering the EV’s final form with […]

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Toyota’s Highlander line was thoroughly updated last year, growing larger and prettier, and carries forward for 2015 as an appealing alternative to the minivan. Now in its third generation, the seven-passenger all-wheel-drive hybrid version with efficient but powerful drivetrain tech adopted from the Prius is also third generation since the Highlander Hybrid was introduced in […]

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Following an unintentional disclosure by CEO Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has confirmed it will “very soon take the issue of range off of the table.” The company is otherwise still being vague, not ready to show what it has, but Ghosn suggested a near-ready battery to enable affordable electric cars good for as many 250 miles […]

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Its name in Japanese means “future,” and more than just another new car, Toyota says the 2016 Mirai is a symbolic first step toward a “Hydrogen Society” for the “next 100 years.” Whether the company’s first production fuel cell vehicle will be the future as Toyota has said suggesting an eventually prominent technology, or a […]

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